Local Charity Appoints Senior Clinical Leadership Team to Oversee Flagship Neurological ProjectJudith Gillow MBE, Clinical Trustee Lead and Rayna McDonald, Clinical Director, have been appointed to provide excellence in clinical leadership for a new rehabilitation project at Enham Trust near Andover, Hampshire.

Leading disability charity, Enham Trust, has announced its senior leadership team to drive the clinical direction for its Neurological Rehabilitation Service at the Trust’s flagship Cedar Park development in partnership with Hobbs Rehabilitation Neurological Specialists.

This new centre will deliver high quality care to people who have suffered a neurological injury, including damage to their nervous system; brain injury and stroke.

Judith Gillow joins the charity as a trustee and will lead on quality and clinical governance with the NRU at Cedar Park being at the centre of her role. Judith was bought on-board due to her extensive clinical experience and strong foundation in nursing.

Qualifying as a registered adult and paediatric nurse at The Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, London, Judith’s career has covered a wide range of areas including senior clinical, education and management and Board leadership positions.

Having previously worked at the University Hospital Southampton as Director of Nursing, she brings over 30 years of experience working in the health sector and will be specifically looking at monitoring and ensuring high clinical standards at the centre.

Speaking about the role, Judith said: “Clinical excellence and the delivery of high quality care are of utmost importance in the work we do. Enham has the ambition and experience to be a leading provider in the care of patients with neurological injuries and I am delighted to be joining the team at such a pivotal moment. The Neurological Rehabilitation Unit will be a beacon of excellence with the objective of improving quality of care for patients primarily in the Wessex Region. I look forward to progressing the development of the rehabilitation centre and the wider Cedar Park complex over the next year.”

Judith started her role as a trustee for Enham at the beginning of the year and will report into Enham’s Chairman, Professor Khalid Aziz, while providing guidance and expertise to the operational team responsible for delivering the project.

Also joining the team at Enham from the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases NHS Foundation Trust, where she was Deputy CEO and Director of Operations and Nursing, Rayna McDonald will oversee the development and implementation of the new rehabilitation service. A key focus of Rayna’s role will be to develop patient criteria, operational policies and oversee the clinical aspects of the development.

Bringing 20 years of healthcare experience, Rayna has been working with Enham to devise and oversee a move into the healthcare sector; a positioning which has paved the way for the new neurological centre. Rayna will report to Enham Trust’s CEO, Peta Wilkinson.

Rayna is enthused about the new direction that the charity, will be moving towards, commenting, “the development of a neurological rehabilitation service is a significant milestone for the Trust and I am thrilled to be part of such a new and innovative project.

“This is an important step forwards for Enham as we move into the healthcare sector and will enable us to support our patients from acute care throughout the rehabilitation pathway enabling a return to independent living and eventually supporting them back into the community.”

Peta Wilkinson, CEO of Enham Trust said: “The Neurological Rehabilitation Centre at Cedar Park is an incredibly important project for Enham and most importantly for the patients it aims to support. As a third sector organisation we are in a unique position to collaborate with other agencies to deliver personal integrated care with both public and private sector partners. Such a project needs the very best leadership team and I am confident that with over 50 years of experience between them, Rayna and Judith will be able to deliver, with the wider team’s support, what is needed.

“We are delighted to have them on the team and I really look forward to working with them both on what will be an exciting project and a pioneering venture for Enham.”

For more information about working with Enham Trust, please visit: www.enhamtrust.org.uk

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